Rich Rurshell

I have been wanting to interview the one and only Rich Rurshell for a few weeks now, but I’m a procrastinator. Sorry Rich. I am super excited that we finally done this! Rich is fun and kind and a very talented writer. I just read his story “Nathan” in Phuket Tattoo and “Date Night” in Fireburst and loved them both! Nathan was probably my favorite of the two because it was so exciting and scary, but both were very well written and creative. Rich seems to have a great imagination.

Now on to so fun!


What are you working on now?

Right now, I’m working on my World War 4 story for Zombie Pirate Publishing.

Tell me more! 

It’s a story about war between corporations rather than nations. Nations with contracts with these companies, fight the opposition. The story follows a peace-keeper who opposes both sides of the war with miraculous tactics.

What is the first book that made you cry?

Not sure. Norwegian Wood maybe. I don’t actually cry from reading books very often. Norwegian Wood is the only one I can remember where I actually did.

Aw. I cry to everything. 

Does a big ego help or hurt writers?

I guess it can go either way. If you really believe in yourself and can promote yourself well, that can go a long way to helping with increasing your fan base. You can also turn people off by constantly talking about yourself like some sort of god. Whether you have the goods to back it up or not, I think it helps to be confident, and self promotion is necessary to succeed, but it needs to be tasteful, or it may be negatively received.

Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?

Certainly. Some people operate in a formulaic way. They know how to convey emotions, or word things to achieve a desired response, without actually being emotionally attached. And of course, outside of fiction, people just have to write about what readers want to read about. You can’t be emotionally invested in everything, you just need to know how to write to keep people reading.

What’s your favorite color?

Black? I quite like black things. Lots of black clothes. Red and green are pretty cool too.


What’s your favorite food?

Chocolate. I do enjoy a nice hot curry too.

OMG. Chocolate is my favorite! 

What is your favorite TV show?

Black Mirror. I love it. Such great observation on humanity and where it is heading. A fine blend of how technology is probably going to be, and the reasons why it should never be allowed to.

Honourable mentions: Stranger Things (awesome, great series), Dexter (started out really good, fell short from about half way), Jam (90s dark sketch show), and Brasseye (90s fake news show.)

Do you believe in love at first sight?

No. I certainly believe in weak-at-the-knees, euphoric attraction at first sight, but not true love. True love is accepting and loving someone despite their flaws, and you can’t possibly see that in somebody at first sight. I also believe the “love at first sight” phenomenon is made up of physical attraction, and the wanting for that person to be your ideal partner. Until you find out otherwise, you fool yourself into believing that they are that person.


Do you write by hand or type?

I type. Everywhere I submit to, accepts submissions by email, so it’s easier and quicker to just start out typing. Everything is there already when it comes to editing, you don’t need to rewrite every single word, just make changes to what you’ve already written.
I do make notes by hand though. I usually have various scraps of paper with notes about plot points I need to mention at various points in the story and other things I need to remember.

Music or silence?

Usually silence. I sometimes put music on when I start writing, but I end up realising after a couple of hours, that it finished ages ago, and I’ve been sitting in silence. If I do put music on, it has to be instrumental. Lyrics get into my head and distract me if there are vocals.

Name 5 favorite movies. Why did you pick these?

Alien/Aliens/Alien 3. A great set of films. I watched them all regularly when I was at high school. Alien is a great horror/sci-fi/suspense film, Aliens has action and excitement, and Alien 3 was bleak and miserable and an excellent end to the story (that’s right…as far as I’m concerned, it finished with Alien 3).

Terminator/Terminator 2. Another 80s/90s set of movies where I disregard the sequels I didn’t like. The first two were excellent though. Two more films I watched the hell out of as a teenager. Terminator is sci-fi/horror at its best. Terminator 2 is action packed and entertaining from start to finish.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. A genuine case of a movie doing the book justice. Really good. I knew from the first two minutes I was going to love the film. Really well made, great actors.

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. Such a range of emotions with this one. Hilarious, tragic, hopeful, shocking, sad. The last twenty minutes packs in so many emotions, you don’t really know what to feel at the end. An all time great.

Scarface. Tony Montana is the ultimate badass. Some really tense scenes, great dialogue. A heavy watch.

Where do you get your ideas?

Various places. Usually from things I have experienced, though heavily changed and embellished. Sometimes a place gives me a setting/situation, sometimes a person gives me a character, sometimes an event gives me a plot. And sometimes just a submission call will make me think in a slightly different way, and I produce something I wouldn’t usually write.

Are you a morning person or a night person?

Night. For sure. Always have been.


How do you select the names of your characters?

Sometimes I’ll use a name with a meaning which fits the character, though I try to be subtle about it, since parents can’t name their children based on traits they don’t yet have. Usually, I just mix up names of people I know, or know of.

How did you begin writing?

I was reading a short story collection by Philip K. Dick, and thought I’d give writing stories a go. Then I did.

What are your favorite hobbies?

Playing music and playing video games.

I play guitar, bass guitar, Ukelele and sing (not all simultaneously though), and like playing live, as well as recording music. I love playing RPGs. Though, I don’t get much time for it anymore, I’ll occasionally have a period of playing a game to escape the day to day grind.


Pen or pencil?

Whatever is closest when I need it. If both are close at hand, I’ll usually choose the pen…then switch to the pencil because the pen doesn’t bloody work.

Haha. This is the best answer I’ve ever heard to this question!

Tell us something you hate doing. Why?

Waiting on hold whilst phoning a company about something really tedious. I don’t really want to make the call in the first place, but then to have to wait for the privilege of doing so grinds my gears. Receiving cold calls pisses me off too, though I’ve now realised that if you tell them right at the start that you are not the billpayer, and the billpayer isn’t at home, they leave you alone.

Where can we find more of your work?

Links to all the stories I have had published can be found at

Thanks so much for hanging out and talking to me, Rich! I hope we can do this again sometime. It’s been fun! 




Phuket Tattoo Book Review

Phuket Tattoo is an anthology about travelling to exotic places. So many good ones! This anthology was spectacular! Every story was so creative and inventive. There were some that weren’t what I would normally read, but even they were very well written and imagined.



Are you ready for a wild ride around the world without ever leaving your home? Here is your ticket to all the fun and adventure you can handle, and more besides. Exotic locations and thrilling action combine in PHUKET TATTOO: Crazy Tales of Far Away Places. People smugglers in Vietnam, sinister plastic surgery resorts, drinking in Serbia with Uncle Vlado, and many more stories of travel, mayhem, and broken bedframes.

So many stories in this anthology are my favorite! They’re exciting, funny, scary, entrancing, and I cannot even tell you how much I learned about other cultures. I love love love it!

My top three favorite would have to be these:
Rich Rurshell’s “Nathan” was super exciting and a little scary.

Brandy Bonifas’ “A Tulpa in the Temple” was sweet and sad.

And Adam Bennet’s “The Best Day of His Life” was exciting and fun.

The endings of these stories were just phenomenal. Check out these authors, because I swear, everything I read by them is outstanding. Remarkable talent.

Seriously, if you haven’t checked it out, you definitely should. Each author did a remarkable job. Buy it on Amazon (FREE with Kindle Unlimited) and check out Zombie Pirate Publishing for more awesome stories!

Patricia Stover

If you haven’t heard of her, Patricia Stover is the author of “Creepers” and “Plastic Boy”. Both are horror, so if you’re looking for a scary story, consider these!

“Creepers” is featured in Scout Media’s A Journey of Words. It is exciting and a little horrific, especially if you like to garden. I’m not going to lie, a certain part of me was thinking the main character deserved it.

a journey of words

The story starts with this rich, spoiled, princess type who thinks she’s better than everyone. It is really annoying and sad, as people like her usually are. She goes on a trip to get flowers to make a garden that is bigger and prettier than another woman’s. She comes upon this shop with these magic beans. Yep. A little magic happens and horror reigns.


Buy this book HERE. I swear, it’s worth the read!

“Plastic Boy” is featured in Scout Media’s A Haunting of Words, and if you remember, I’m in this one as well (so read and review pretty please! 😉 ) This is honestly one of the scariest and saddest stories I’ve ever read and for the longest time, I was terrified of dollhouses.


The story starts with a young boy making demands from his mother about what he wants for his birthday. A special cake, special gifts, enough attention but not too much. And this poor woman is scared of him. Something very serious is wrong with this poor kid. He is either possessed or pure evil. It is very scary.

A Haunting Of Words

Buy this book HERE and leave us all an amazing review! A Haunting of Words is currently on sale! And not all of the stories are scary, if you’re not into horror. It’s a mix of genres.



Patricia Stover is an amazing writer, and if you haven’t read her work, please do. She is an awesome person and is constantly supporting indie authors. I know she would love some awesome reviews!

Check out her Facebook author page and like and follow it!


Strings Attached – Kari Holloway


Kari Holloway is published yet again with the incredible romance novel Strings Attached. Sweet, real, and wondrous. This story will be loved by any romance reader. It’s exciting and surprising. I loved the meet cute. The fact that he was wowed by her violin skills was absolutely perfect. They are the perfect couple. I highly recommend checking this novel out.


Carissa is a high school teacher and an accomplished violinist with lifelong aspirations of joining the orchestra she fell in love with as a child. Single-minded and meticulous in her pursuit, a chance encounter with Kyle makes her question what she really wants out of life.

Kyle’s life is going exactly the way he wants. Well … almost. With the hottest comic book shop in Charleston and a steady group of close friends and family, he’s just waiting for love—and maybe he’s finally found it in Carissa. But Gramps’ shocking deathbed confession may have just thrown a kink in the chain of his dreams with a request that borders on insane.

What begins as legend soon becomes choice as an impossible task and an eternal destiny merge. Can Kyle and Carissa successfully balance their blossoming love amidst the stark contrast of their individual life paths, or will they lose everything—including each other—when dreams meet reality?

About the Author:
Kari Holloway is an American author with over a dozen published works to her name. Between the twisting tales of romance under weeping willows in the Laughing P series and the high-pace paranormal in her Devil’s Playground series, Kari Holloway prefers to sit poolside enjoying vanilla ice cream or hanging out with friends playing Fluxx. She’s currently working on book 5 in her Devil’s Playground series and toying with a western romance set in the 1800s—both ideas slated for release in 2019.

To find out more about Kari Holloway, check out her website ( or on FB (

Story behind Strings Attached:
“In 2017, I asked authors if they wanted to be a part of a staggered release party where the theme of all the works we wrote/published were myth or fairytale retellings or continuations.

Strings Attached is a mild continuation of a myth, and I don’t want to spoil it, but it isn’t a common American myth. The myth I chose came from Japan—the land of the arts and beauty—and I hope I did it justice.” – Holloway

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Love Dust – MR Ward

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M.R. Ward is a Knoxville, Tennessee native who has always loved writing stories. Although mostly set in the horror genre, all of his stories contain elements of the strange or peculiar despite genre. He is an avid fan of horror movies, loves small dogs, and can’t start his day without coffee (cream, no sugar). Follow him at or visit

Where did your inspiration for your story come from?
My brother and I were going through some of our father’s old clothes (he had passed away ten years prior) when I came across a grey suit coat. I tried it on and wondered what would happen if his spirit possessed me in that moment. When I started to really think about it, the idea of a love story began to form. I wanted to write a story based on my departed grandparents as a dedication to their love because without it I wouldn’t be here today. All the characters in the story are based on relatives who have passed on. I used their real first names, but changed the last names because, after all, it is fiction and not an actual account of events. Even though they are not here with me anymore, I like to think they’re together somewhere on a different kind of journey.

Tootise & Elmer

Who is your favorite character in this story and why?
As I said before, all the characters are based on deceased relatives, so it’s difficult to name a favorite. The story obviously centers around Lula Mae and Elmer, but the banter between Betsy (who was my paternal mamaw) and Juanita (who was my paternal aunt and Betsy’s daughter in real life) was entertaining.

When you aren’t writing, where can we find you?
You can’t. I only exist online (hey, now there’s an idea for a new story!). Seriously, though, I live in Knoxville, Tennessee and love spending time with family and friends, taking my new pup out for walks, or Netflixing it up with my partner. I also enjoy going to conventions, such as Days of the Dead, Comic Con, and Creepy Con.

What author has influenced you the most?
Stephen King. His stories are so vibrant and engaging, not to mention terrifying, but he’s not confined to the horror genre, and that’s one of the reasons I wrote “Tootsie.” My first published story, “The Open Road,” was a horror story in the vein of King, but I wanted to prove I could write in other genres as well.

Where do you write? Is there a special place? Share a picture if you wish.
I use the guest room in our apartment as my writing room. I have a desk and a bulletin board filled with notecards that contain story ideas, so most of the time I write at my desk, but sometimes I write in bed. It just depends.

Do you consider reading as part of your job as a writer? Why or why not?
If I looked at it as a job, I probably wouldn’t do it. I do believe reading makes you a better writer, so it is important to read in the genre you want to write, but I enjoy taking time out for myself to get lost in another world.


Other than family, what are five things you cannot live without?
Coffee, chocolate, pizza, music, and horror movies.

What is your all-time favorite TV show?
The Golden Girls.

Not picking your own, which story in Love Dust is your favorite?
“Six Point Hayes” by Tricia Wentworth.

If you could meet one writer in the history of the world, who would it be? What would you talk about?
Stephen King. He is my all-time favorite author and I would love to just talk with him about the publishing world and writing in general. He was once a nobody too, but now everyone knows his name, whether they’re fans or not. I don’t think I would want to be as famous as he is, but I’d love for my stories to be compared to his.


What are you working on now?
I recently started working on a bizarre little tale with author Dennis Doty. He had written a couple thousand words of a horror story and asked if I’d like to pick it up and work with him on it. I read what he had and it’s very different from what I’ve written before, but it’s going well. I’m building on his foundation and pleased with the progress. Earlier this year, I started writing my first novel, a horror story I first wrote in 1992, but I had personal issues arise that have since been resolved. After my joint venture with Dennis is complete, I’ll be returning to Danielsburg (the fictional town in my novel).

Where can we find more about you and your work?
You can see the other published anthologies containing the Deer Man stories on my website ( As a side note, Juanita from “Tootsie” makes an appearance in “The Road Back” in A Contract Of Words. You can also like my Facebook page ( and follow me on Instagram ( I do have a Twitter account (, but I barely use it.

M.R. (b&w)

Love Dust – William Thatch


William Thatch is a published author known for his work in the Of Words short story anthologies. Despite being a writer since the age of five, he really has no words to describe himself. Photographic evidence of his existence is hard to come by, leading many to believe he is Big Foot, who has repeatedly tripped over a typewriter and produced some heart wrenching and hilarious stories. Not at the same time. That’d be weird. He can be followed on Twitter at @The_0s1s

Where did your inspiration for your story come from?
A real life event. It’s been dramatized and turned into metaphors, but the core feelings are there. To the point I have difficulty going back to read any part of it.

Who is your favorite character in this story and why?
Edward, I guess. It’s flash fiction so there’s not enough time to really grow attachment to the other two.

When you aren’t writing, where can we find you?
My bedroom. I don’t go out and do things. That costs money I don’t have. I just sit and write, or game, or read. I’m either in my desk chair doing those things or on the bed snuggling the doggos.

What author has influenced you the most?
Definitely J.K. Rowling. She’s a master of the craft, but makes it look so effortless.

Where do you write? Is there a special place? Share a picture if you wish.
At the desk in my bedroom. I’ll sometimes write while at my grandparent’s home if I’m going to be there over night or longer.

Do you consider reading as part of your job as a writer? Why or why not?
Of course. You have to read to see how it’s done. I personally always read a little bit before writing. To the point it has turned reading from a pastime to part of the work. I can’t read now without having to write some afterwards.

Other than family, what are five things you cannot live without?
1. Air. Air is pretty important. Without it I’d die. Stupid fragile human bodies.
2. A good friend of mine, Melanie. She was actually of vital important to the creation of Shattered.
3. Some kind of creative outlet. Whether it’s writing or building things with Legos.
4. My doggos, Lulu and Angel.
5. Video games. They fill the day when there’s nothing else going on.

What is your all-time favorite TV show?
The Simpsons. They definitely had a hand in developing my sense of humor.

Not picking your own, which story in Love Dust is your favorite?
Ahh… oooh, this is… Embarrassing? I haven’t sat down to read Love Dust yet. Honestly the emotions of Shattered being based off / inspired by real-ish events have left me distancing myself from getting close to the story. I feel like I’ve been a pain to work with on this anthology because I wrote this a year and a half ago and couldn’t truly get through reading it again to submit to Love Dust. Sorry to Jensen and Donise for that. And to the rest of the authors involved.


If you could meet one writer in the history of the world, who would it be? What would you talk about?
I don’t know? Probably Rowling, but to be honest I’m not big on socializing, so there’s a good chance we’d just sit and stare awkwardly at each other until one of us made an excuse that we needed to wash our hair and left.

What are you working on now?
I have a couple of stories in mind that I’m slowly building the details of in my head. I’m actually also working on audio reading of stories, which are going slow because I haven’t yet been able to face editing and listening to my voice on the stories I’ve recorded. I hate my voice. I’m always trying to get back to working on the novel, but I’ve not written drama in a while, so it’s daunting to go back to it. Primarily, however, I’m working on a pitch for a television show.

Where can we find more about you and your work?
On Facebook at — I try to update when I feel there’s something worth updating, but I’m not very engaging on there at the moment, to be honest. I’m much more active on Twitter at @The_0s1s — where you can hear anything from how I kicked my nail biting habit to the time I was attacked by a screaming horse fly.


Love Dust – Barbara Ristine


Barbara Ristine

Barbara Ristine used to be an attorney, but she changed professional hats several times before she settled down to be a writer. Originally from New York, she moved through several states before landing in Reno, NV, where she lives with her family. She’s a graduate of St. John’s University (B.A.) and the College of William and Mary (J.D.). She’s a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association and the Historical Novel Society. . When she’s not mindlessly staring at the Sierras, she writes short stories, poetry, and historical fiction. Her work has appeared in, or is forthcoming in Bards and Sages, Literally Stories, The Meadow, Bewildering Stories, Piedmont Journal of Poetry, and The Magnolia Review.

Where did your inspiration for your story come from?
Actually two separate events occurred a year apart. I saw a news story about an older woman deliberately crashing her car into a pawnshop’s store front, and wondered what would make someone so angry or desperate to do that. Later, I was in a workshop, and we were given the prompt to write a scene entirely in dialogue where one of the characters is trying to hide something. From those two disparate things, Eddie and Dolores sprang to life.

Who is your favorite character in this story and why?
Oh, definitely Eddie. He clearly loves his wife even though he doesn’t say the words out loud. He has such a big heart, and he’s not one for talking or showing affection, but you know he would be lost without Dolores by his side. They’ve been married so long and they know each other so well, but Eddie can still surprise her, although his surprises have unintended consequences.

When you aren’t writing, where can we find you?
Lots of places! I do things with my family and we travel a fair amount. We like to go for long walks in town or hikes in the Sierras. Other places you will find me: at home reading or watching movies, in class at the local university, hanging out in my hammock.

What author has influenced you the most?

Oh, I can’t pick just one! There are a number of writers whose work I admire and find inspiring. I read and write across genres, and as a result my list of authors is rather eclectic. Off the top of my head, I’d have to say Anne Tyler, Connie Willis, and Laurie King. They write in very different genres but each informs my own writing in some way.

Where do you write? Is there a special place? Share a picture if you wish.

I used to go to the university library to write, but now I have my office in a beautiful sunporch we added onto our home many years ago. It started out as a playroom when my children were small, then it morphed into their video game/tv hangout. When they left for college, my husband claimed it for his office, but earlier this year he offered to move his office to our den, so I have a real place to write!


Do you consider reading as part of your job as a writer? Why or why not?
Reading is a significant part of my writing life. I believe that you must read widely to fully develop as a writer. I read everything: literary, non-fiction, sci-fi, mystery, historical, women’s fiction, short stories, flash fiction. When I’m working on a project, I try to read things that aren’t in the same genre or on the same subject, just to stretch my mind. Reading helps to develop your own voice, and it helps you hear how words flow.

Other than family, what are five things you cannot live without?
English Breakfast tea, coffee, McVitties Chocolate Digestive Biscuits, books, and post-it notes.

What is your all-time favorite TV show?

Doctor Who (I love both the classics and the reboot).

Not picking your own, which story in Love Dust is your favorite?

I really enjoyed “Tootsie” by M. R. Ward. I liked how the speculative elements were woven into the love story in a seamless fashion.

If you could meet one writer in the history of the world, who would it be? What would you talk about?

Jane Austen, although I’d really like to invite the Bronte sisters to join us for tea and conversation. We could talk about surreptitiously watching other people to gather material for our writing, and how families influence our relationships, both romantic and social. And of course, we’d talk about men and secret crushes.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a historical novel set in a London hospital during the First World War. As you can imagine, there’s quite a bit of research so it’s been a slow project, but I’m about halfway through the first draft. I’m working on several short story ideas and some flash fiction as well.

Where can we find more about you and your work?

I have a blog where I post occasionally about writing and other things, Other than that, you can find me on Twitter @renobarb.

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Love Dust – Jensen Reed


Jensen Reed

Jensen Reed is a published author, co-owner of Pixie Forest Publishing, and an all around nerd who loves to inspire others. She dabbles in writing genres at night after days spent wrangling her two young sons, but is working towards publishing the first novel in her zombie apocalypse series. You can find more from her at and

Where did your inspiration for your story come from?
I think it was a song. I wrote a draft then went over it and sent it to one of my betas. She loved it but suggested Janna falls for Mark, not Milo. I actually loved the idea so I changed it to fit.

Who is your favorite character in this story and why?
I really like Mark. He is super sweet and funny. I like that he weaves his own interests and personal life into the Pubb and has such an easy relationship with Janna.

When you aren’t writing, where can we find you?
Chasing my two boys who are 5 and 3. We do a lot of park trips and crafts. Lego is really big for them right now. I recently put together my Harry Potter Hogwarts castles and a Fantastic Beasts set. They love it. I also love spending time with my husband. We usually have snacks and movie nights or binge watch shows.

What author has influenced you the most?
Writing-wise, I don’t know. But Clive Cussler’s book “Inca Gold” is what really got me started reading and sucked me into books. So without him I don’t think I would be where I am today.

Where do you write? Is there a special place? Share a picture if you wish.
I am usually in my recliner or on our couch by the window. The backyard is all trees and wildlife so it’s nice to watch.

Do you consider reading as part of your job as a writer? Why or why not?
I believe all writers need to read in order to write well. Not necessarily fiction, but how-to articles and to learn. Plus it’s proven to reduce stress and it’s just good for you.

Other than family, what are five things you cannot live without? I’m counting the cat as family.


My tribe. My friends are always there for me and I love them. 2. Caffeine. I like Blueberry Cobbler Coffee. 3. Music. It’s relaxing, inspiring, motivational, and stress relieving. 4. Sunshine/Rain. I need both. I’m not a fan of winter. 5. Nature. It’s magnificent, calming, scary, and beautiful. I need to have it around me.

What is your all-time favorite TV show?
Uhh that’s like asking a writer to pick ONE book as their favorite. The shows I like all vary so much and are great for their own reasons. Supernatural, all the Stargate shows, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Heartland, Doctor Who, Orange is the New Black, The Office, Parks and Rec.Daredevil. The Punisher. There are too many.

Not picking your own, which story in Love Dust is your favorite?
My top two are Fairy Garden and Sugar and Ink.

If you could meet one writer in the history of the world, who would it be? What would you talk about?
I think it would be cool to meet Robert Jordan. I would probably just talk about his books because I can’t imagine anything I write would interest him haha

What are you working on now?
The Refuge Series. It’s the zombie apocalypse series I’ve been working on for like 5 years. It centers around Lucky, a decisive leader who strives to keep his family safe and Mack, a quick learner who struggles with severe anxiety. There will be four books in total. I am editing book, Ranch, and writing book two, Recourse.

Where can we find more about you and your work?
I have stories in five anthologies. I’m active on my Facebook pages, Instagram, and my groups. You can read some of my flash fiction and find book links on my blog.


Next Girl to Die Cover Reveal

I have been following Dea Poirier’s progress of this book for a while now, so when she announced she was going to do a cover reveal, I was ecstatic! It’s beautiful! I cannot wait to own this. The synopsis is so amazing. If you like mystery, this is for you. If not, buy a copy for your neighbor. 😉


Solving the case will avenge her sister—unless the killer finds her first.

It’s been fifteen years since Claire Calderwood’s sister, Rachel, was brutally murdered in their small hometown in Maine. Claire has finally carved out a life for herself as a homicide detective in Detroit, but the past comes calling when the local police back home ask for her help with a murder eerily similar to Rachel’s.

Still haunted by Rachel’s cold case, Claire returns home, hoping to solve the crime and finally put her grief to rest. As she starts investigating, the last thing she needs is tenacious journalist Noah Washington asking questions she’s not ready to answer. But like her, Noah won’t give up until he finds the truth—and Claire reluctantly finds herself relying on him more and more when disturbing new details about Rachel’s death come to light.

When the killer strikes once again, Claire knows he’s not done. Now he’s set his sights on Claire, who will have to find the courage she needs to survive a deadly confrontation years in the making.

NEXT GIRL TO DIE, set for release May 1 2019, is now available for pre-order on

About the author
Dea Poirier was raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, where she found her passion during a creative writing course. She studied computer science and political science at the University of Central Oklahoma. She later spent time living on both coasts and traveling the United States before finally putting down roots in central Florida. She now resides somewhere between Disney and the swamp with her husband, son, two dogs, and two cats.